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This poet's guide dog helped him discover a new world

April 20, 2018
Source: PBS News Hour

Stephen Kuusisto, Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) of Syracuse University, was featured on the PBS News Hour in "This poet's guide dog helped him discover a new world."

Born with a condition that left him legally blind and in a family that kept his disability hidden, it wasn't until poet, author, and professor, Stephen Kuusisto, was in his late 30s that he decided to train with a guide dog. Jeffrey Brown talks with Kuusisto about his new memoir, "Have Dog, Will Travel," and how his life-altering connection with a four-legged companion helped him become his own advocate.

View the captioned video (6:34), full transcript, or audio online at PBS New Hour: This poet's guide dog helped him discover a new world.

Kuusisto was also a guest speaker on the Southeast ADA Center ADA Live!Episode 55: Have Dog, Will Travel -- in which he discusses his new memoir "Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey" about the joys and intricacies of working with a professionally trained guide dog. In this episode of ADA Live!, he also discusses many other topics including: What is a service animal? Who invented the guide dog? What can we learn from animal-human interactions? What can dogs do for people with disabilities?
Source: ADA Live! Episode 55 - http://adalive.org/episode55

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https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/this-poets-guide-dog-helped-him-discover-a-new-world


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